PRP is a non-surgical therapeutic option for men and women to stimulate hair growth. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment using the patient’s own blood and concentrating it down in our lab and then reinjecting.
This concentration is 5-10 times your normal platelet count. PRP contains the growth factors found in whole blood, but now in a concentrated form. These growth factors are polypeptides that regulate growth of various cell types. Different growth factor families include EGF, FGF, TGF-beta, KGF, PDGF, and VEGF, which have all been shown to be crucial for the regulation of the hair growth cycle.
Catagen, the transition phase, where the follicle detaches from the blood supply. This phase allows the follicle to renew itself.
Telogen, the resting phase, when the hair dies and falls out. Ten to fifteen percent of the hairs on one's head are in this phase of growth at any given time. It is normal to lose and shed hair. We loose 50-100 hairs in a day.
It is hypothesized that the PRP has the ability to promote cell proliferation and that the growth factors stimulates regeneration in the hair cell cycle.
What is the treatment like?
Once you arrive at the clinic, your blood will be drawn for processing. The doctor will anesthetize your scalp by injection. Conscious sedation is offered if you prefer. Once the PRP is processed it will be injected into your scalp with a small needle. You should expect to be in the clinic for an hour, but most of this time is for the preparing of your PRP.
Does is Work?
Preliminary evidence shown in numerous studies suggest a beneficial role in hair regrowth. Many of the studies done to date conclude that PRP injections appear to be effective. Patients rate the outcome satisfaction greater than 70%. Realself.com gives it a 92% review. Individual results of course will vary.
This affordable treatment effectively can halt or reverse the thinning hair follicles. It will not work on areas of long term hair loss. Results will not be noticeable for four to six months of treatment. Hair regrowth will be gradual as new hair grows only in the anagen phase of the hair cycle.
Treatments should be performed every 4-6 weeks to match the natural hair growth cycle for 4-6 months and then follow up treatments every 6-12 months.
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